Meeting Centres are an innovative way of supporting people with mild to moderate dementia and their families through an evidence-based, person-centred approach, offering an enjoyable, flexible and adaptive programme. As an inclusive, socially-driven model, they are a great, low-cost community-based way of supporting people living with dementia and their families that have been successfully implemented in the Netherlands for over ten years.
Led by Professor Dawn Brooker, the Association for Dementia Studies, Worcester University are part of a research programme MEETINGDEM that is evaluating whether this approach can be implemented within the UK, Italy and Poland.
Meeting Centres have already attracted a great deal of interest from different parts of the UK and already, as part of the research, Professor Brooker and her team have successfully planned and opened two Meeting Centres, one in Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire and the other in Leominster Herefordshire.
On March 10th hosted by Brecon and Hay Dementia Supportive Community, Theatr Brycheiniog and Powys Carers, Professor Brooker ran a free, all day Pioneer Workshop in Brecon, which introduced the idea of establishing a Meeting Centre Support Programme as part of the Dementia Friendly Communities initiative. The event was well supported with over 50 attendees, and discussions and feedback was very positive. Watch this space for further developments.